Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard
|Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard|
Emblem of the Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard
Maritime law enforcement|
search and rescue
|Patron||HRH The Duke of Gelland|
Per Mare et Caelum|
(By Sea and Sky)
|Commandant||CDRE Grahame Hotchen|
The Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard (formally known as His Majesty's Coast Guard in the Dominion of New Ingerland; abbreviated to HMCG) is a maritime military force and branch of the New Ingerland Defence Force. The coast guard's responsibilities stretch across of a wide ambit including customs enforcement, border control, law enforcement, search and rescue, shipping inspection, environmental protection, and fisheries inspection. It operates across all of New Ingerland's territorial waters, covering an area of approximately 25,000 square kilometres.
The Coast Guard Act which brought together the Lighthouse Service, Marineguard, and Volunteer Coastal Patrol in 1910, states the mission of objectives of the HMCG are as follows:
The modern Coast Guard was created in 1910, when Parliament merged HM Lighthouse Service, the Marineguard, and the Volunteer Coastal Patrol (VCP). Previously, the three services had operated independently of one another, having been founded at different times in the years after New Ingerland was settled. The Marineguard had been formed in 1836 to enforce customs duties and prevent smuggling. The Construction of lighthouses and other Aids to Navigation (ATON) in the 1840s and 1850s led to formation of the HM Lighthouse Service in 1860. Finally, numerous shipwrecks led to formation of volunteer lifeboat brigades in the major ports from the earliest days of settlement. These were consolidated by Parliament in to Volunteer Coastal Patrol in 1876. Except for the Marineguard, the services were only partly funded by from the treasury. In order to meet expenses, the services were expected to raise additional funds by subscription drives and through dues levied on shipping.
By the 1900s, the situation of three independent services had become inefficient. The need to raise funds by subscription led to the services being poorly funded, much detriment of public safety. The Volunteer Coastal Patrol in particular was found to be incapable of responding during large storms and cyclones, in no small part due to the poor condition of life saving equipment, the poor training of the crews, and the need for more stations.
In response, Parliament passed the Coast Guard Act in 1910, consolidating the three services into a single body for the first time.
The operations of the HMCG are divided in to five regional units known as Sectors. Each sector is headed by a Sector Commander responsible for mission execution within their area of responsibility. Each Sector is comprised of a number of smaller bases known as Coast Guard Stations. It here that most law enforcement and (non-aviation) search and rescue operations take place. In addition, each Sector also contains a Coast Guard Air Station, which are typically co-located with the Sector headquarters.
In support of the Sectors are a number of other significant bases including the Royal Coast Guard College at Mylestown, the HMCG Dockyard at Port Frederick, and the headquarters of the HMCG in Kingsbury. Numerous smaller training facilities can also be found.
Presently, the HMCG operates the following bases, stations, and other facilities:
Sector Lunen Island
|Cape Haeckling, ILUN|
|Port Bentley, ILUN|
Sector Corfe Harbour
|Port Cod, BEAU|
|Poundyard Bay, FITZ|
|Corfe Harbour, FITZ|
|Port Waiparu, ABNY|
Sector Port Frederick
|Port Frederick, ABNY|
|Port Frederick, ABNY|
Sector Vernon Bay
|Cape Ingleby, VERN|
|The Settlement, VERN|
|Te Piha, DEVX|
|Cooks Landing, DEVX|
Sector South West
The rank structure and insignia is closely modelled on that of the Royal New Ingerland Navy, and is incorporated in to the unified pay grade system used across the New Ingerland Defence Force. Officers holding the rank of ensign (CO1) through lieutenant commander (CO4) are considered junior officers, commanders (CO5) and captains (CO6) are considered senior officers, and commodores (CO7) are considered flag officers. The Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard are the only members of the Coast Guard authorised to hold the rank of commodore.
Despite their close association, the Navy and Coast Guard do not share identical officer rank insignia.
References and notes
- Coast Guard Act (Public Act No. 21 of 1910).